Didgeridoo playing is one aspect of human activity that I have gone further than any other activity I have been doing. This gives me some insights that I can recognize as more general rules of human-cosmos relationship. Thus I can learn on very small field big lessons which I try to apply to the big field. What I learned about didgeridoo is that it is in fact an instrument called “didgeridoo not assume anything”.
I come to the this topic, which might be a crucial point in didgeridoo playing, since I am often asked in person or by e-mail various questions. Some of the questions I could describe as “wrong” . What does this “wrong” mean to me? It means that I have collected some experience about this topic that I am asked about and on the foundations of this experience I would never formulate the question I am being asked. Simply, after having the experience that surpasses the question, this question becomes senseless. I remember also many of my own questions from the past that I now recognize as “wrong”. Maybe I still have many “wrong” questions I don’t notice.
Where do “wrong questions” come from?
It seems to me that many of this wrong questions come from the point of confusion, of believing into ideas, thoughts as facts. This comes when you do not notice your knowledge is in fact an assumption, belief, idea, and make too quick conclusion.
Example 1. One day Krumpahijel tries a very long didgeridoo. It is difficult to play and Krumpahijel hardly gets a drone. He gets discouraged a bit and concludes that this long didgeridoo is difficult to play. He assumes, without noticing, that all didgeridoos are difficult to play. One day he asks his fellow player: ” Why do you have such long instruments when they are impossible to play, except “meditatively”?”
Example 2. One day Krumpahijel falls in love with a famous didgeridoo player called Rick the Stick. He reads everything in his webpage about didgeridoos, and since he adores Rick the Pr.. Stick, he believes Rick everything he writes. He assumes it being right because Rick is such a great player in Krumpahijel‘s eyes. Krumpahijel follows this teaching but cannot do anything the same as Rick. After a long while, he puts his didgeridoo aside asking “why am I no good in didgeridoo playing?”
“Wrong questions” act as dead end street.
If you assume you can go through a concrete wall does not necessarily make you go through concrete wall. Alive. Or without tools. Unless you are a Superman. In the same manner, if you assume how you should play a didgeridoo and believe it as a fact, it can bring you a lot of frustration and bring you nowhere.
Friends of confusion
Assumption taken as fact. Rush. Too many words. Wish to do something at once. Idols. Desires. Temperament. Laziness for collecting experiences. Conclusions.
When we stop (our mind) we can all recognize the difference between what we really know and what we assume and believe.
Friends of clarity
Not assuming without realizing that it is an assumption. Breaks in thoughts, moving, doing. Dedication. Balance. Peace. Ability to endure forever. No ego.
I always want to get away from conclusions as they are often friends of confusion, false knowing. But this time, in this aspect, it is very easy for me to say a conclusion. It is: DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING I SAY, TRY IT FOR YOURSELF! And when you try it, keep clear head to distinct what what it is that you experience and what it is that you assume. I enjoy your questions from experience, please ask some more!